Blaming too much touring and major legal hassles, Toto may be off the road for a long time. Founding member Steve Lukather says the final month of the 40 Trips Around the Sun tour will ring down the curtain on this version of the band. There are several factors, including unspecified legal issues:
"Audio version came out first, 'cause we were in a boatload of litigation that's been so satanic it's just about killed us -- which is part of the reason we're going away for awhile. And for whatever, maybe forever, I don't know what's really going on or not... just been really tough to fight a war against somebody who has an endless wallet for reasons unknown."
The final month of shows will begin Friday with a sold-out show at the Wiltern in Los Angeles. The last date is in Philadelphia on October 20th.
Steve Lukather says this version of Toto will not continue:
"We're at the end of the 40th anniversary, which is now 43. Some cats are going off to do different stuff, some people are not well. For now, it's going away. I can tell you that no one will see this version of the band again. There may be some of us that want to work together down the line, but right now, we're all going to kind of splinter off and do some other stuff, because we've been working so intensely for the last 10 years, bringing this thing back the way I'd also dreamed that we could have this last chapter, and here we are."
"Luke" isn't walking away from the band's hits, songs like "Africa," "Rosanna" and "Hold the Line," but he won't say if we'll hear them live again:
"I'm not saying I'm never going to play this music again. I'm never going to do anything again, that would be stupid. I would never say that. But I can tell you that this version of the band, that's it. Philadelphia, October 20th, that's it."